Communal Diary

Manchester Jewish Museum – Festival of Leaving
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm

Ahead of their temporary move into Central Library, MJM presents a two week festival of live art and performance about leaving, loss and legacy

5 November – 18 November: Ellie Harrison: Ofrenda. Free with Museum Entry.  More Info

5 November – 18 November: Nikky Norton Shafau’s Festival Plenary Poem and Audio Podcast.  More Info

15 November:  bloominauschwitz. 7.30pm (followed by panel discussion). £12 (plus booking fee).  More Info and Tickets

18 November: Robin Simpson: The Travellers’ Tales. 11am. £5 (plus booking fee).   More Info and Tickets

18 November: The Great Jewish American Songbook: An Evening with Hope Mill Theatre 7.30pm. £10 (plus booking fee).  More Info and Tickets


WIZO Centenary Anniversary Lunch with Guest Speaker
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm
UK Jewish Film Festival – ‘The Waldheim Waltz’ Plus Q & A with Ruth Beckermann
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dir: Ruth Beckermann | Documentary | Austria 2018 | German, English and French with English subs | 93 mins

Shocking allegations about his Nazi past did not prevent Kurt Waldheim, former UN secretary general, from comfortably winning the 1986 Austrian presidential elections. Director Ruth Beckermann brings together private and public film footage from the 70s and 80s, which provides a disturbing exploration of one of Europe’s key political figures of the post-war period. Most of all they reveal a country in fierce denial about its past, determined to hold onto its self-perception as a victim of the war. A must-see for this year’s festival.

Sponsored by Liz and Philip Shapiro and Sharon and Charles Rosen

“The Waldheim Waltz has a sense of urgency made more pressing given political developments not just in Austria but Poland and Hungary as well.”


The Jewish Theatre Company Present ‘Dear Brutus’
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm

‘Dear Brutus’ is a play, written by J M Barrie.  It will be directed for the JTC by Stacey Friedman.

An odd assortment of guests are invited by a mysterious old man to his country house for Midsummer Eve.

While there, they enter an enchanted wood to see what their lives would have been had they negotiated better the twists of fate that have shaped them all.



Chai Chanukah Extravaganza
Nov 20 all-day
UK Jewish Film Festival – ‘Winter Hunt’
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm

Dir: Astrid Schult | Drama | Germany 2017 | German with English subs | 75 mins | Cast: Michael Degen, Carolyn Genzkow, Elisabeth Degen, Annette Mayer

Lena, a young German woman, seeks revenge against former SS officer Anselm Rossberg, who has been recently acquitted of Holocaust-era crimes. Pretending to have been injured in a car crash near his estate she is let in by his daughter. There she astounds them with her knowledge of
Rossberg’s doings as a guard at Auschwitz. Maintaining his innocence at first, Rossberg can no longer escape the truth when Lena reveals evidence of his past actions.
Exploring memory and guilt, Winter Hunt is a gripping psychological thriller.

Sponsored by
Carol and Robert Shields
Helen and Paul Rose

The Sam Herwald JNF Wednesday Club
Nov 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Michelle Wiseman will tell us all about “The Nicky!” Come and hear why you should not only attend our Club, but also visit the Nicky Alliance Centre, of which our Speaker is the Chief Executive.

UK Jewish Film Festival – ‘The Accountant of Auschwitz’ – Plus Q & A with Matthew Shoychet
Nov 21 @ 6:15 pm

Dir: Matthew Shoychet | Documentary | Canada 2018 | English and German with English subs | 78 mins
70 years after the end of the war, 94-year old Oskar Gröning was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews. The defendant’s age and his role in overseeing the confiscation of the victims’ possessions on arrival at the camp sparked worldwide debate on his culpability and fitness to
stand trial.

This powerful documentary explores complex legal and moral questions, questions that affect not only our remembrance of the Holocaust but also the promise it will never happen again.

 Sponsored by Anonymous

“The film tracks the evolution of international law over the decades, which eventually allowed authorities to make the case against people like Gröning, hiding in plain sight for 70 years.”
Toronto Star


Chabad Whitefield – Ladies’ Pre Chanukah Candle Making
Nov 22 all-day

Further details tbc

UK Jewish Film Festival ‘Humor Me’
Nov 22 @ 6:15 pm


Dir: Sam Hoffman | Comedy/ Drama | USA 2017 | English | 93 mins | Cast: Jemaine Clement,  Elliott Gould 

With his wife leaving him for a French billionaire and his agent firing him, Nate – once a promising playwright in New York City – has no other choice but to crash at his dad’s retirement home in New Jersey. It may be his very last resort, but it is among his father’s senior citizen friends that Nate finally manages to climb out of his midlife funk.

Humor Me is a funny, heartwarming and candid account of the struggles of growing old (and older), with a starry cast including Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords).

Sponsored by 
Judith Gordon and Alan Spier
+ Short: Wendy’s Shabbat